Petit remains the king though. He learned to fly a plane at age 12, paying for his lessons selling drawings on the street. He travelled the world. He looked for vessels lost at sea. He spied at Princeton for the sake of his own curiosity (that gay ass ground effect based flying saucer of the 60s). He was praised by black project specialists in Sandia for his shockwaveless fluid dynamics and was compared to Blériot. But he was ordered to never ask the question again when he suggested to visit area 51. He employs based expression such as "worse than stabbing one's ass with a sausage" when he contemplates the state of contemporary physics. He's more than a scientist. As he says himself,
he's a savanturer.